Category Archives: Barossa

I don’t know. But for birthdays, anniversaries, etc, it seems like a great excuse to celebrate. Certainly in one of my wine groups we have a tradition of celebrating round number birthdays (ie 30, 40, 50, etc). This time it was … Continue reading

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What a thrill to drink not one, but two 100+ year old Australian “ports” (but we’re not allowed to call them that anymore); 105 and 125 years old respectively.  A friend sourced both of these bottles and the costs were divided … Continue reading

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We recently celebrated a friend’s birthday with a wonderful dinner at Black by Ezard.  The restaurant is in The Star (Syndey’s casino) and it’s a very stylish setting (the restaurant, that is).  I didn’t know what to expect, but the … Continue reading

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You never know where and when you’ll meet another wine tragic.  It turns out the owner of a local Vietnamese restaurant is one.  Now when I eat there, we generally chat about what wines we’ve each drunk or purchased recently, and other nerdy/boring … Continue reading

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I’m aware that my blog posts may give the impression that I’m obsessed with Italian wines and Italian grape varieties in Australia.  That’s partly true, but I can assure you that we still drink plenty of the more traditional Aussie … Continue reading

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Following our exploration of riesling, we hardly needed more wine, but nonetheless some reds were opened. A couple of reds from the unheralded 1997 South Australian vintage were tasted: the Penfolds RWT Barossa Shiraz (its inaugural release) and the legendary … Continue reading

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Tim Kirk (winemaker at Clonakilla) was in town briefly last week and a few of the “Sydney wine mafia” (as he dubbed us on twitter) gathered for dinner with him at Buzo Trattoria on Friday night. I’m a great fan … Continue reading

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We drank a couple of diverse Aussie reds recently.  The nebbiolo represents a new style of wine emerging in Australia, with a grape variety that is more suited to wines of subtlety and nuance, whereas the shiraz shows a region … Continue reading

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